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Gun Accessories: What You Need And What You Need To Avoid

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Some gun accessories border on the indispensable… others are… well, stupid. Especially if you’re new to the world of guns or getting deeper into the hobby, you might have trouble knowing what’s a gem and what’s just total junk. 

The bottom line is this: gun accessories are not cheap. So before you go dumping hundreds or thousands of dollars building the world’s most “tacticool” setup, you should take a little advice from someone who knows what’s what. The most expensive accessory in the world is the one that you don’t need or want. So save a few bucks that you can spend on high-quality gear you’re actually going to use.

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The Most Unnecessary Firearms Accessories

We’re gonna lead with the dumb ones for a couple reasons.

First, if you only read half of this article, we want it to be the half that saves you money… and in the case at least of these, keep you out of prison.

  • Home Made Suppressors: Do. Not. Do. This. Not only do home made suppressors complete suck, in a worst-case scenario they’re dangerous and in a worst worst-case scenario they can land you in prison for violation of the National Firearms Act. Keep in mind, we’re not talking about kits that you make at home, we’re talking about things you MacGuyer together in your garage out of an empty 2-liter of Dr. Thunder and dental floss. 
  • Auto Sears: This is another DO NOT GO HERE. Sure, the idea of having a fully automatic Glock 20 might sound like the most awesome thing in the world… until you realize that you are, once again, in violation of federal law and looking at hard time for an innocent little piece of plastic that you got on Amazon. You can’t make your semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic ones, period the end. No, it doesn’t matter that these are labeled as being “for AirSoft” weapons and no you are not the first person to think of this and yes you are absolutely risking a visit from our “friends” at the ATF for just buying one. 
  • Novelty Bayonets: Novelties are, well… novelties. You can find attachments for everything from a chainsaw to a pistol in the bayonet position of your favorite rifle. That’s cute and all, but they’re kind of useless and might land you in legal hot water, even if they’re totally legal. Why? Because if you have to use a firearm in self-defense a gun grabbing DA is going to build his re-election campaign on the Zombie Slayer x-9000 chainsaw bayonet you kept fixed on the AR you legally used to defend yourself. Don’t give them any ammo to use against you in court. 

The Most Essential Firearms Accessories

Ok… that was fun. 

So, for that matter, are essential firearms accessories you actually have a need and a use for. They might not have the “hey bro, check out my chainsaw bayonet attachment” factor… but trust us, you’re going to enjoy them just as much, albeit maybe in a slightly quieter and more responsible way.

  • Lights: Lights are great for a couple reasons. First, you can’t shoot what you can’t see. The last thing you want to be doing when an intruder breaks into your house in the middle of the night is blindly firing at anything that moves. What’s more, a bright light in the eyes of an intruder can give you a tactical advantage in a fire fight. 
  • Sights: Some people prefer iron sights, but for long-distance rifle shooting there’s simply no substitute for glass. What’s more, if we’re talking home defense, a laser sight is a great tool for dramatically increasing your chances to hit the bad guy exactly where you’re trying to. Even if you decide to stick with iron sights, you have options for upgrading this part of your favorite firearm. 
  • Slings: Slings are a near essential accessory for long arms. The reason being that if you have to defend your family in the dead of night, a sling offers your the opportunity to have both your hands free without relinquishing your firearm. What’s more, if you have to get into hand-to-hand combat with the enemy, a sling is going to make it much harder for the bad guy to take your weapon away from you and potentially turn it on you and your family.
  • Foregrips: This is another long arm accessory you might wish to consider. Foregrips can give you greater stability on long arms, which leads to increased accuracy. This is absolutely essential when shooting long range, but depending on how “long” the range is we’re talking about, you might want to consider getting a bipod for even greater accuracy. 
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When it comes to accessories, spending money on quality is definitely a good investment. However, you don’t want to waste your money on inferior gear, useless gear or illegal or legally dubious gear.

Still, if you’re just starting out, this is a great list to help you get started figuring out where to begin building out your weapon. 

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Black Friday 2023: The Best Deals For Gun Enthusiasts

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Christmas is right around the corner. That’s not only exciting because of the celebrations and the gifts, but also because of the deals you can get around Christmas shopping time. 

King among these is Black Friday. If Black Friday is the king, then Cyber Monday is the queen. Either way, you can get deep discounts on things you want to buy as gifts, but also maybe for gifts that you want to buy for yourself while shopping for others. 

Most people are on the hunt for cheap electronics or fashion finds. However, over the last few years Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become excellent sources of great deals on firearms, ammunition and firearms related products and accessories. 

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Read further for some of the hottest discounts that you’ll be able to find this upcoming Black Friday. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced shooter or a novice looking to get deeper into the hobby – everyone loves a great deal. is one of the most popular websites on the Internet to get firearms. They’ve run Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for years now, and we’re sure that 2023 will be no exception. While the site is not currently sharing any planned Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals, they have announced that they will be participating.

While you wait for the special Black Friday deals to drop, go check out their usually steep discounts on some of your favorite firearms. These change from season to season. 

Sportsman’s Warehouse

Sportsman’s Warehouse hasn’t announced their Black Friday deals yet, but is known for offering some of the hottest doorbusters for gun enthusiasts on Black Friday year after year. Last year they were offering $100 off of some of the most popular handguns on the market from Sig Sauer and Taurus. Rifles from Savage and Charles Daly were likewise on steep discount, as was Fiocchi ammunition as well your favorite apparel and firearms gear brands.

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Angstadt Arms

If you want to skip the middleman and go straight to the manufacturer, Angstadt Arms already has their Black Friday deals on display. While the discounts aren’t quite as deep, the low regular prices mean that you’re still going t be getting an amazing deal on a weapon. 

Pistols, rifles, lower receivers, carrier assemblies, buffer kits, triggers and receiver sets are all on sale starting on Black Friday. 

Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shop

Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shop are another big box retailer offering deep discounts on some of your favorite firearms, apparel and accessories. These vary from year to year and like the other major retailers on our list, they have not listed their discounts for the year. But in the past you’ve been able to get hoodies, beanies, Garmin Echomaps and even rifles at a significant discount below the usual retail price. 

Black Friday is the perfect time to score great deals on firearms. Lots of your favorite gun shops and online retailers will be offering discounts. While you might be (rightly) looking forward to getting to get your dream gun at a steep discount, you also need to remember to follow the law when buying any new firearm.

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Black Friday is a golden opportunity for gun enthusiasts to stock up your own personal armory. Whether you’re looking to add a new gun to your collection, stock up on your favorite ammunition caliber, or upgrade your firearms accessories, Black Friday is the time to lock in those bullseye bargains. 

Happy shopping!

Where have you historically gotten the best deals for Black Friday? What’s the Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal that you’ve gotten that stands out the most? Share your experience in the comments below. 

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